MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places

We are pleased to announce the creation of the MIIS Committee on Art in Public Places (ICAPP). This group will mirror the College’s CAPP that was established on the Vermont Campus in 1994.

The idea for MIIS CAPP started through a design-thinking activity that explored findings from the 2015 “Live the Brand” report. MIIS community members brainstormed ways to illustrate the transformative experience. After monthly meetings in spring 2015, the group determined the need for coordination and use of public art as one method for showcasing the learning journeys and transformative experiences of the MIIS community.

In service of this aim, MIIS CAPP has been charged with achieving the following goals:

  • Establish a program of an exhibition of art in public places.
  • Illustrate the mission of the Institute, as well as the work of our students and alumni, by providing interesting and challenging artwork of high quality.
  • Elicit gifts and loans of artwork that can enhance the aesthetic and educational mission of the Institute.
  • Involve a broad representation of the community in choosing, placing, and interpreting art in public places to improve overall campus aesthetic, while preserving historical pieces.
  • Coordinate with relevant departments to secure funding for the purchase, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of works of art in public places.
  • Work with relevant departments to ensure the security and care of these objects.

We look forward to bringing a unified approach to public art displays on campus to illustrate and improve the MIIS experience.

Upcoming Projects

The Institute’s Committee for Art in Public spaces is working with the Old Monterey Foundation to complete a mural on the side of the McCone Building. Join us to celebrate the conclusion of the mural project November 8. Learn more and RSVP.

Pierce Street Asphalt Art Project

The Institute is working with the City and the Old Monterey Foundation on the beautification of Pierce Street. As part of this effort ICAPP is proposing an asphalt art project on Pierce Street. The suggested color scheme reflects the Middlebury Institute’s colors and visual identity.

Sign-up to help paint Pierce!

Current Exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Virtual Resources

Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau

Omar E. Montaño presents a virtual exhibit celebrating the ocean at the Monterey Museum of Art. “The stewardship of our oceans is very important to me. This particular body of work was inspired by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries that I remember enjoying as a child. Revisiting the documentary series was necessary, as footage provides the source material used for creating each of the individual compositions. To push storyboarding and illustration, I chose linoleum block prints as the medium. The title for each print comes from the documentary that supplied the composition’s visual material. These prints not only celebrate the work of an early environmentalist, but explore the quality of our stewardship since the last of these films aired in the mid-1970s. “

Refuge and Survival: Leaving It All Behind

The Middlebury College museum in Vermont recently acquired a triptych of photographs by Canadian photographer Darren Ell. The images feature the piles of thousands of mostly orange-and-black life vests that had been abandoned at Molyvos on the island of Lesbos, Greece, by Syrian, Bengali, Yemeni, East African, and other refugees upon their arrival by boat from Turkey. Taken in March of 2016, the images are part of a series entitled Survive Refuge that documents the global refugee crisis at perhaps its most acute.

In a new blog post, Pieter Broucke, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, discusses the geopolitical and artistic contexts of this new acquisition. 

Artists Respond to the Protests

New York Times reporters showcase how artists show support and solidarity in response to systemic racism. 

Embracing Art in Vermont and California

iCAPP has curated some of our favorite virtual exhibits in Vermont and California. We hope you can spend a few moments enjoying these exhibits.

  • Middlebury Museum of Art
    • Votes…for Women? 3D Tour
    • Land and Lens: Photographers Envision the Environment
    • Precolonial African Sexuality, Contemporary Homophobia and #LimitlessAfricans
    • Coloring Pages (for art and stress relief!)
  • Vermont Art Online (Middlebury faculty-student project)
    • ICAPP recommends checking out the Museum of Everyday Life!

Past Exhibits

Salon Jane Exhibit Opening March 6 in Honor of International Women’s Day 

Thursday, September 26: Moses Nyanhongo Shono Sculpture Exhibit and Presentation

In collaboration with Gallery Sur in Carmel, the Middlebury Institute will preview the opening of LIFE IN STONE, an exhibition of recent sculptures by acclaimed Shona stone sculptor, Moses Nyanhongo, from Zimbabwe. The one-day even will feature a display and exhibition of sculpture hand carved in a variety of beautiful stones, as Moses demonstrates his sculpting techniques and shares the cultural heritage of the Shona Sculpture Movement. The event will take place from 5-7pm in the Holland Center Courtyard. 

Wednesday, February 6: Decoding symbols in Chinese Arts

The Asian Art Society of Monterey Bay is partnering with the Middlebury Institute to offer a presentation by Ms. Zhao Hua, Professor at the Confucius Institute at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Ms Hua has an academic interest in Pun Rebus (谐音字画 Xié Yīn Zì Huà)—essentially wordplay in Chinese visual art. She has come up with an innovative teaching philosophy: learning the surprising meanings behind 《谐音字画》 Xié Yīn Zì Huà enhances students’ grasp of the Chinese language and at the same time increases their understanding of Chinese culture. Her book on the subject titled《谐音”画”汉字》Xié Yīn Huà Hàn Zì, was published by Peking University Press in 2012. Event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, July 19: Martha Casanave “Magical Pinhole Photography” Opening Reception

Martha Casanave travelled to Russia in 1988 and made beautiful and dreamy images of Leningrad in winter using a pinhole camera (film camera with no lens). Join us in viewing her other images from Russia, which are more conceptual hand-painted photographs.  The exhibit will also feature work from Monterey. To learn more contact Carolyn Meyer at 831-647-6417 or Eduardo Fujii at efujii@miis.edu. This event is sponsored by the MIIS Committee for Art in Public Places (CAPP) and the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies. The exhibit is currently on display in the Samson Reading Room. 

Thursday, May 3: Damascus Kafumbe–Tuning the Kingdom: Kawuugulu Musical Performance, Politics, and Storytelling in Buganda

Lecture and Musical Africanisms Percussion Workshop, 7-9 p.m. with conversationalists Edgard Coly and Francesca Aka. A fun and informative night for all!

Friday, May 4: Author’s Hour with Damascus Kafumbe

Hosted by Pamela Jungerberg at the Institute Library

Friday, May 4: Series finale: African Soundscapes Concert with Damascus Kafumbe, Jayson Fann and Friends

Samson Center Patio, Van Buren Street

SUNDAY, May 6: Global Solutions

A student initiated celebration of the arts! Great music, ideas, visuals, and a Spring Arts Fest display at Samson Patio.

The Spring Arts Series is Supported by One Middlebury and the Jessica and Ron Liebowitz Fund for Innovation at Middlebury College


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